A Muddy Uphill Battle

Yea, I know, I have not updated in a while. But I have been busy! Since I got back from Europe I have been busy resting, being sick, recovering, training, working, and worrying. The weekend following the Valkenburg World Cup was the Continental Championships in Cincinnati, OH. I went out to race, knowing I was not in strong contention for …

Just Freaking DO It

So you want to race in Europe (or at least you want to know about how I did it). Step one: Listen to everything everyone says about it. This will make it easier. Step two: Make sure you are surrounded by people who are concerned about you and your relative competency and thus will ensure that every single detail is …

Zonhoven, a Day in the Sand

Zonhoven. (with almost zero photos because I just can’t be bothered to take them myself, and no one else took any. I suck) I had my very first Belgian cyclocross experience, and it didn’t go terribly. Being my my first trip to Europe to race cross, I came in with no real expectations. My only goal was to get this …

Not Providence, Still a Crossiversary

 This was an incredible weekend. I had high hopes coming off of the past week of great results, but also, because the Providence race has a special place in my heart. It is the marker of my crossiversary. Back when I lived in Providence, some weirdos at Brown University convinced me to try this thing called… “cyclocross”? So three years …

World Cups of Tea and Toast

World Cups, CdMs. On American soil no less! This week has been looming over me for quite some time. This summer I was furious with anticipation. I was beyond worried that I would not get a bid in to races. Knowing I was not in the top 50 of the UCI rankings (64th) meant I was not auto-qualified and would …

Brushing Off the Cobwebs, Piling on the Dust

The season opener, a big show out in Rochester, NY at Genesee Park. Nothing like your first race of the season being a C1 UCI race. Seriously, I didn’t even have a training race. Plus, it was a new venue and a new course. I had been visualizing for the Ellison Park course all summer: hot weather, long climbs, sweeping …